School dropout study urges early intervention

August 18, 2010

A Gonzaga University study focused on dropout prevention starting in middle school suggests an early warning system for identifying potential dropouts, a bigger variety of academic opportunities and more rigor and additional funding for community-based social support programs.

Some of the programs are already in place or in the works but need to grow, while others will take significant resources to establish, according to the report released this month.

“This is a document that adds weight to the efforts of many in the area, so it can take all these nonconvergent efforts and put them together in a comprehensible way,” said Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools and spokesman for the Children’s Investment Fund, which is sponsoring a $5 million annual levy on the November ballot to support Spokane’s children.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

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